Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for Yahtzee - A to Z April Challenge

One of the fun parts of homeschooling is playing games. The girls each wanted to play games over the weekend - Sophia wanted to play Yahtzee and Olivia wanted to play Mysterious Creatures.

Not only are the games the girls picked fun, but they are educational. Yahtzee is a wonderful math game. Participants practice counting and multiplication each time it is their turn. To determine who won the game, each person must add the scores for the turns to get an overall score. The winner is the one with the highest score (a greater than/less than determination).

Sophia taking her turn when we played Yahtzee.

Mysterious Creatures involves choosing a card that features an unusual animal, reptile, or amphibian (a science skill). With each turn, the players need to count the number of spaces they need to move (a math skill), determine how to quickly get to the next destination (a logic skill), read the fact cards (a reading skill), and move to the next location on the map (a geography/map reading skill).

Olivia reading one of the cards 
about her mysterious creature.

Even when we are relaxing and playing games, we are still learning and keeping our minds active. That's one of the many benefits of homeschooling - that we can play and learn about many subjects all at the same time.


Juliet Bond said...

Just discovering your blog for the first time as I make my way through the A-Z Challenge. Please check us out and sign up to follow if you like what you see. Juliet atCity Muse Country Muse

Liz said...

I love games. One of my favorites is called Chronology. The object is to gain ten cards. Each card has a historical event printed on it, and your job is to figure out where it fits in your timeline.

Anonymous said...

It is so important to keep the mind active. I haven't heard of Yahtzee, but my husband recently started playing Sudoku.

One more day to go; I'll miss the camaraderie of A - Z. Please stop by MROP anytime you wish.

Rita said...

Never heard of the Mysterious Creatures game, but I LOVE Yahtzee!! I even play on online version sometimes and have another one on my phone--LOL! :)